"Hi, my name is Sylvia, I was diagnosed with NPC stage 1 in Mar 2010; and went through 35 radiotherapy treatments. I'd say I was lucky in that Tomo Therapy was recommended to me by my Radio Oncologist. This treatment targets at the tumour with lesser dosage on the surrounding organs resulting to me having minimal side effects.
After seven weeks of Radio therapy, I was left with only darker shades of skin on my neck, but with my deligent application of Aloe Vera gel and Vit E cream, my skin recovered in 6 months. I had only 1 day of ulcer infection and recovered the next day. I experienced lost of taste buds (recovered), mild dry throat/mouth, and needless to say the nose is the most affected in that I had to douch my nose to clear crusts twice a day. I would say that I was lucky to have started TCM prescription in preparation of the radio therapy way before my treatments started. I continued to receive TCM advice and herbal prescriptions till today.
You wouldn't believe, my tongue was 'purplish blue" in colour after the radio therapy. According to the TCM physicians whom I've consulted, both said they have never seen such an "ugly" tongue - this denotes that my metabolism rate was low resulting to the toxin from the radio therapy not being expelled in time and accumulated in my system. I'm glad to say that today, my tongue is as pink as the roses in my garden !!
During my treatment days, besides vegetable juicing, I would double boil soups alternate days. Let me share some of the soups I believe helped in my speedy recovery which I hope you will find useful:
Boil for 3 hrs
Chinese pear ('xue li")
('nan pei xin")
Honey date (optional)
I drink this 3 times a week and gradually reduce to twice a week; and now I drink only if I find it necessary..
Other soups which I frequently boil are:
Water cress with pork ribs, almonds ('Nan Bei Xin"); and honey dates.
Fresh "huai San" with pork ribs, and cordecep flowers ("dong chong cao hua")
"Qing Shan Xue Lian" with pork ribs
"Fen ke" with pork ribs
I'm now into meditation for better health !!
18 months NPC cancer survivor